Monday, April 11, 2016


(from Nya and Jennifer's - 40 Days to Optimal Health)

“Everything becomes fire, and from fire everything is born.”
- Herakleitos 

The domestication of fire is one of the most pivotal events in human history. For hundreds of thousands of years, familial and/or tribal bonding have taken place by the fire. Across varied cultures, torches, bonfires, burning embers and ashes are symbolic of transformation, growth and well being.

There are both internal and external fires in the human experience.  Flames and fire are symbols of passion, anger, excitement, vitality, and inspiration. But they are more than symbolic because we feel heat and energy traveling through our body when fiery emotions are accessed. Sometimes our emotions get so hot that others need to stand back in order not to be burned.

Fire can bring transformation, purification and destruction. Fire of transformation can be seen when we cook our food to aid digestion. Fire of purification is expressed by a fever which is a sign that the body is burning toxins and bacteria to purify itself. Fire of destruction, as seen in wildfires in California, that destroy everything in their path.

The Fire Element is associated with the solar plexus chakra which is depicted as a sun between the navel and the heart. Each of us have are our personal sun burning at the core of our body. The solar plexus is where we find our confidence, self esteem, will power. self discipline and personal warmth. When the solar plexus chakra is overactive, we can have emotional outbursts and feel stressed out. If the chakra is blocked or deficient, we become passive and inactive. When the solar plexus chakra is healthy and strong, we have the ability to move forward in life with confidence and power.

The ram is the animal associated with the air element. The ram is a symbol of determination, action, initiative, and leadership. It’s horns represent our need to keep our mind stimulated. The ram reminds us to be assertive, act without hesitation, find our personal strength and be independent.

The Zodiac fire signs are Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. Fire signers are passionate,  enthusiastic, creative, energetic and combustible.The trendsetters of the zodiac, fire signers are born leaders, because, others are drawn to their personal heat and natural sparkle. Like any fire, fire signers are usually the center of attention.

Take this week on the fire element to work on transformation and purification, as well as an opportunity to observe and cool off any destructive tendencies. A successful relationship with the Fire element means knowing when to add kindling to make it stronger, when to let it fizzle out, and when to get out of its way.  This week remember  to tend your personal personal embers, enjoy the warmth of your internal sun, and celebrate your inner sparkle.

Journaling Questions

What is your relationship to fire.  Do you have any pleasant memories of being around the fire with family or friends?
Are there any behaviors or attitudes that you need to transform, purify or burn?
Are there any people in your life that trigger fiery emotions in you? Do you experience these emotions as warm?  Where do you feel them in the body?
How would you describe the state of your solar plexus chakra? Overactive? Blocked? Healthy? Why? Expand on this question.
The ram is symbolic of our personal determination?  What are you determined to do this week? Is there anything that your are feeling hesitant about?
If you didn’t look last week.  What element is your zodiac sign?

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